Semesterticket: everything you needed to know about it

I know that almost every student in Freiburg would rather use a bike than any other kind of transport and I was planning to become one of those cycling lovers… But apparently I changed my mind. As you all know, public transport in Germany is quite expensive and Freiburg is not an exception to this rule. But if you are a student, that automatically means that you can get a discount almost everywhere. This applies to commuting fees as well. So if you are not bike-friendly but do want to save up on travelling costs, you definitely need to get a Semesterticket!

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What is Semesterticket?

If you have Semesterticket, that means that you can travel for free in all trams, buses and regional trains (second class) in the following areas:

– the city of Freiburg
– Landkreis Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald
– Landkreis Emmendingen

Who can buy Semesterticket?

Be aware that the ticket is only valid if you have a student id-card. That means that you CAN’T use Studienbescheinigung to prove that you are a student. Only a student id-card with the readable expiration date is valid. Otherwise you can get in trouble and might be fined 🙂 So the students of the following institutions in Freiburg can get the Semesterticket:
• Albert-Ludwigs-Universität
• Angell Akademie
• Evangelische Hochschule
• Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik
• Hochschule für Musik
• Internationale Berufsakademie IBA – Studienort Freiburg
• Katholische Hochschule
• Pädagogische Hochschule

How much does the Ticket cost and where can I get it?

The ticket costs 89 Euros and is available the whole semester (October-March or April-September). You can buy the ticket in the following places:

– VAG pluspunkt customer service centre at Bertoldsbrunnen
– Südbadenbus customer service centres in Freiburg and Neustadt
– DB travel centres and agencies
– DB ticket machines (don’t forget to give the start of the term March/April or September/October)
Additionally, Uni Freiburg, PH and Hochschule für Musik students can buy the Semesterticket online at http://www.vag-onlineticket.de

If you have any other questions about the Semesterticket, you can have them answered if you call 01805/ 77 99 66 (timetables, route maps etc.) or you can also find the information concerning timetables at http://www.rvf.de

So the new semester is just around the corner and if you don’t have the Semesterticket yet, don’t hesitate to get it! It’s definitely worth doing so!

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